Columbus Police Charge 9 People In Chitt Fest Destruction
Columbus Police have charged nine people in connection with last month's Chitt Fest destruction that resulted in numerous fires and flipped cars.
The destruction during the annual block party on April 18 destroyed seven cars, according to The Lantern, Ohio State's student newspaper. The Lantern reported over 1,100 people gathered for the block party on Chittenden Avenue and surrounding streets hours after Ohio State's spring football game.
Columbus Police on Thursday charged seven people with rioting and related offenses. Two other people were charged with receiving stolen property and criminal damaging.
Police are in the process of bringing rioting and related charges to three additional people, and criminal damaging charges against one other person.
In the days after the destruction, Columbus Police announced they were looking for 18 persons of interest. With the announcement of the charges, Columbus Police said will continue to work with Crime Stoppers and Ohio State's Office of Student Life Conduct to identify any additional suspects.